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JCPS students will soon receive individual test scores

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Louisville, KY (WDRB) -- JCPS parents know how their child's schools scored.  Now we'll find out how their students did on the new test.  Parents:  check your mailbox, the individual test scores will be mailed out this week.

Ben Jackey, the JCPS spokesman, says, "This is actually very parent-friendly. So I don't think people are going to open up and get sticker shock."

We know JCPS didn't score well overall on new statewide tests. This week we'll find out how individual students performed. JCPS says the test results are expected to be mailed by the middle to end of this week. The scores are mailed in batches, so some parents will get them sooner than others.

Jackey says, "Basically what you'll see is a shot of what your student's score is and then where it stands in comparison to the rest of the school, the rest of the state and the rest of the district."

On the two-page score report, parents will see how their 3rd through 8th grade children scored in reading and math. It explains what it means to be novice, apprentice, proficient, or distinguished.

Parent will also learn how their students compared to others across the nation who took what's called the Stanford 10 Test.  And students will get yet another score for reading and math to help improve academic achievement.

The district says principals and teachers are looking at the scores and working on ways to improve them.  Jackey says, "They've been looking at ways where they can apply maybe new methods, innovate methods to try and improve student achievement both from overall standpoint, but most importantly from an individual standpoint."

JCPS was outperformed by 76 percent of the state's schools under the new testing guidelines. The new learning model holds students to a higher standard than the old one.

Jackey says, "They're an indicator of where your student is, but it's also a good guide of where your student can go."

Kentucky was the first of 46 states to adopt the Common Core standards for reading and math and was the first to get the scores back.  The data came from test results from the last school year.

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